Selous Safari

Zanzibar, Tanzania

The hotel

The Selous Serena Camp’s Rufiji River location is the setting for many an adventure with exciting bush walks and game-drives but also boat safaris, taking you in search of hippos, crocodiles, and elephants, and even fishing trips in search of freshwater fighting fish. And, when you return, the raised and open-sided dining tent promises fine dining and even finer views, as it overlooks a watering hole, with its deck leading out to a fire pit and the camp’s gorgeous swimming pool.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access

Where is it

Selous Serena Camp is located along the Rufiji River in the sprawling 55,000 hectares of the Selous Game Reserve. Located in the south-east of Tanzania, the Selous is a perfect addition to a stay on the island of Zanzibar, particularly for those flying-in via the Middle East. Flight time from Zanzibar Airport into the Selous: 2 hours 30 minutes.

Hotel information

12 spacious tents are spaced throughout the indigenous forest with private wooden decks facing towards the Rufiji River. Wild Africa with a twist of luxury, tents boast opulent furnishings including crisp linens, chandeliers, 4-poster beds and en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and romantic Victorian claw-foot baths.

All Inclusive of: all meals, soft drinks and selected bottled beers, wines and spirits. Morning and afternoon game-drives and park entrance fees. A river cruise and bush walk is included once every three nights and a bush breakfast, candlelit dinner and sand bank sundowner experience is included once per stay.


Dining room serving breakfast and lunch (International dishes) and table d'hôte menus for dinner. Bush dining options* available. Lounge and safari bar. Library. Deck with fire-pit. Library. Infinity pool and sundeck. Game-drives and river boat safaris. Walking tours.

Price includes 3-night itinerary below, staying at Selous Serena Camp:

Day 1
Fly by light aircraft from Zanzibar Airport in to the Selous Game Reserve where you will be met and transferred to the camp. Afternoon game-drive. (D)
Days 2-3
At Selous Serena Camp with game-activities. (B/L/D)
Day 4
Light aircraft transfer back from the Selous to Zanzibar Airport for your onward flight arrangements. (B)

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A run down camp at a fantastic spot

Nov 6, 2018 Taliab B ירושלים

It was out third camp by then we knew to notice the difference. it was the Second Serena we stayed at. The first being an out standing hotel in Dar Es Salam. Must differentiate the people from the management. a fine group of people straggling to compensate for a poorly run camp. very good food, hard working assistant director, Sharia, it took… Read more
It was out third camp by then we knew to notice the difference. it was the Second Serena we stayed at. The first being an out standing hotel in Dar Es Salam. Must differentiate the people from the management. a fine group of people straggling to compensate for a poorly run camp. very good food, hard working assistant director, Sharia, it took three days before we managed to meet the manager, Ayub. we met a very very tired camp almost everything did not function well. wet and smelly floor boards at the shower and toilette, dripping taps, torn strings that hold the tent flaps up, broken hooks, old sagging mattress etc. And to the scary side, jeeps are very old, fitted carelessly, cigarette lighter is not working, shock observers are gone, no space at all between first and second row of seats. Ahmed, our guide was doing his best to give us the best experience. Naturally he had no means to make the jeep fit for purpose. it took a long time every time we left the camp before we sew ant game. after four days it did not feel a mishap but more like miss information. I am saddened to see the staff having to face the guests, the lack of investment by management. it looks like a has been place. So very disappointing. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous camp

Nov 4, 2018 Machelle S Cape Town Central, South Africa

What a great experience Camp is quiet and a bit off the beaten track..but if you are looking for peace and quiet ...this is for you The food was amazing and was overfed on most occasions. The ability of the chef Mr Omar and his team ..remarkable. Mr Zakaria was a great butler and always cheerful and thrilled to welcome us back at camp each night.… Read more
What a great experience Camp is quiet and a bit off the beaten track..but if you are looking for peace and quiet ...this is for you The food was amazing and was overfed on most occasions. The ability of the chef Mr Omar and his team ..remarkable. Mr Zakaria was a great butler and always cheerful and thrilled to welcome us back at camp each night. Hats off to Yusuf the camp manager who was charming and very hospitable. It gets extremely hot here and nighttime cam be scorchers in tents. Did make a suggestion that the floor standing fan is mounted above the sleeping area for future guests The tents are amazing and cannot say I have ever had a bath in my tent before. Alfred our guide was a gem and hope to come back to enjoy the experience all over again. Read less
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Nov 3, 2018 Ann C

The camp is around 45 - 60 minutes drive from the airstrip but is made interesting by the sightings of numerous animals along the way, the knowledge of the guide, the beauty of the landscape and the sheer fun of the ride. Our driver, Simon, was brilliant and knew just where to go to spot the wildlife and get us close to elephants and lions. We saw… Read more
The camp is around 45 - 60 minutes drive from the airstrip but is made interesting by the sightings of numerous animals along the way, the knowledge of the guide, the beauty of the landscape and the sheer fun of the ride. Our driver, Simon, was brilliant and knew just where to go to spot the wildlife and get us close to elephants and lions. We saw lions mating, a lion kill , elephants protecting their young and Simon was so knowledgable about all the animals. It is easier to note the animals we didn't see - rhinos and hyenas, though there were hyena droppings so they are there somewhere. It really is an unspoilt wilderness. A boat trip down the river to see the crocs, hippos and baboons was a delight but does require a degree of fitness to walk down to and up from the river. The accommodation is very comfortable and clean, and the fish and vegetarian dishes were delicious, however my husband found the beef dishes to be a little tough. The watering hole was visited by monkeys and various bird species while we were there, but was inevitably quite low being at the end of the dry season. A fantastic experience, truly memorable. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very disappointing - poor value for money

Oct 28, 2018 nikbannister Reading, United Kingdom

2 hour drive there and back to the nearest game viewing which we weren’t told about when we booked. Apparently this is normal in October so it would have been good to know. The cleanliness of the accommodation was poor, we had badly stained cushions on our bed and the roof of the tent was also badly stained. The food, however, was good. Other… Read more
2 hour drive there and back to the nearest game viewing which we weren’t told about when we booked. Apparently this is normal in October so it would have been good to know. The cleanliness of the accommodation was poor, we had badly stained cushions on our bed and the roof of the tent was also badly stained. The food, however, was good. Other people in our group stayed in other camps and were delighted with their accommodation Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating a very dilapidated hotel

Oct 25, 2018 leagannot Tel Aviv, Israel

the Serena camp Selous is a 5 star tented camp is Selous game reserve. A remote place in Southern Tanzania. Firs impression when coming in is the the place is going to be closed soon. the No manager to greet us . in patio chairs with torn straw. Nothing really clean/ The rooms were worse than that holes in the mattress big stains on the… Read more
the Serena camp Selous is a 5 star tented camp is Selous game reserve. A remote place in Southern Tanzania. Firs impression when coming in is the the place is going to be closed soon. the No manager to greet us . in patio chairs with torn straw. Nothing really clean/ The rooms were worse than that holes in the mattress big stains on the carpets' things in the bath room falling and is and nor being taken care of. i can go on and on/ We got to speak to the manager, on our request, on the third night. He didn't seem to be interested only asked what worker complained to us which i found very unethical. His name is Mr. Ayub. t was very disappointing for us since we paid a lot of money/ You could see that it use to be very nice like they shaw on their web but it is not like shown since no body in the management seem to care. Shame Read less